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WyCo museum hosts WWI propoganda discussion

March 9, 2015

Wyandotte County Historical Museum will host “World War I on the Homefront: Persuasion and Propaganda,” a presentation and discussion by Lorraine Madway, at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs.

This program is part of the Wyandotte County Historical Museum’s commemoration of Local Poppies: Centennial of WWI exhibition.

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, the civilian population was aware of the high casualty rates from trench warfare and the resulting low morale. It was necessary to inspire and inform people in ways that were both heroic and practical. This presentation will highlight posters, pamphlets, and sheet music that encouraged Americans to participate in the war effort.

“World War I posters aimed for the civilian American population to concentrate not only on familiar themes of supporting Liberty Bonds and providing famine relief for those suffering in Europe,” said Madway, the special collections curator and university archivist at Wichita State University Libraries. “What is less well known is their emphasis on access to knowledge through public libraries as a vital attribute of democracy and civilization for English-speaking peoples in general and an important facet of American democracy in particular.”

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Wyandotte County Historical Museum at 913-573-5002 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.


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